ABPPSP: Cultural Diversity / Cultural Competence in Police and Public Safety Psychology

Presented By Ellen Kirschman, PhD | Joel Fay, PsyD, ABPP
Ellen Kirschman, PhD Joel Fay, PsyD, ABPP

3.5 hours | 3.5 CEs

This On Demand professional training program on Cultural Diversity and Cultural Competence in Police & Public Safety Psychology is presented by Joel Fay, PsyD, ABPP & Ellen Kirschman, PhD, in partnership with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP). This program is POST CPE approved for 3.5 CE hours.

First Responders are not eager clients. It takes a lot for them to seek help and very little to turn them off. Therapists who make mistakes don’t get second chances. The number one error clinicians make treating first responders is failing to understand what they do, why they do it, and the culture in which they work.  This program examines the differences and similarities between first responders and mental health professionals and what it takes, personally and professionally, to create strong therapeutic alliances. This program also covers personal challenges for the clinician, ways to acquire an insider’s look at the culture, and unique issues affecting women, minorities, and LBTQ responders.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe personal biases toward first responders and how these may help or hinder the therapeutic environment

Describe issues of transference and counter transference

Describe the basic elements of establishing a therapeutic alliance

Describe unique aspects of treating first responders such as guns in the office, dual relationships, and boundary issues

Describe the first responder culture

Describe three ways to gain entry to the first responder culture


Presented By

Ellen Kirschman, PhD

Ellen Kirschman, Ph.D. is a California-licensed psychologist and volunteer clinician at the First Responders Support Network. She is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and The American Psychological Association. Her work has been recognized by the California Psychological ...

Presented By

Joel Fay, PsyD, ABPP

Joel Fay Psy.D served as a police officer for over 30 years and retired in 2011. Dr. Fay obtained his Doctorate in Psychology from Argosy University and is now in private practice working with emergency responders from numerous organizations. Dr. Fay teaches Crisis Intervention Training for numerous...


1. Working Therapeutically with First Responders

2. The First Responder Culture and Getting Started in the Field

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CE Credit

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Convenience & Flexibility

Learn at your own pace, from wherever you might be!

Program Partner

American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP)

We are proud to partner with The American Board of Police and Public Safety Psychology (ABPPSP) for this training. ABPPSP became a fully affiliated specialty board of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) on October 21, 2011. Police and Public Safety Psychology is concerned with assisting law enforcement and other public safety personnel and agencies in carrying out their missions and societal functions with optimal effectiveness, safety, health, and conformity to laws and ethics. It consists of the application of the science and profession of psychology in four primary domains of practice: assessment, clinical intervention, operational support, and organizational consultation.

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